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Southwest Offers Companion Pass Deal on Airfare Purchase

Southwest Offers Companion Pass Deal on Airfare Purchase
Joe Cortez

Southwest Airlines is pulling one of their oldest tricks out to encourage flyers to purchase airfare by the end of Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. The carrier will offer anyone who purchases a flight by the deadline a promotional companion pass for unlimited usage between Jan. 6, 2021 and Feb. 28, 2021.

Southwest Airlines is once again offering flyers a “Companion Pass” – but this one is much smaller in comparison to their normal offer. The airline announced they will grant flyers who purchase airfare by the end of Sept. 25, 2020 a “promotional” companion pass for unlimited use in the opening months of 2021.

Promotional Companion Pass Valid Through Feb. 28, 2021

To qualify for the new promotion, flyers must be a member of the airline’s frequent flyer program, Rapid Rewards, and register on the Southwest Airlines website. Once complete, a flyer must purchase a flight by Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, for travel on or before Nov. 15, 2020. After the itinerary is complete, the flyer will qualify for the shortened companion pass.

Unlike the coveted Companion Pass, granted after earning 125,000 Rapid Rewards points in a calendar year, this promotional pass is only valid for flights between Jan. 6 and Feb. 28, 2021. But it works in a very similar fashion: When the passholder books a flight, they can take a companion with them for only the price of taxes and fees from $5.60 one way.

Just like the regular Companion Pass, flyers can only designate one companion for the duration of their promotion. In addition, flyers can change their companion by calling Southwest. The companion can change up to three times during the two-month period the companion pass is valid.

As with all promotions, terms and conditions apply. Members must register for the promotion before booking their flight and commencing travel. The companion who is traveling for the discounted rate will not earn tier points or Companion Pass qualifying points on flights. And if you earn the Companion Pass in 2021 through flights or Rapid Rewards points, any changes to companions you make to the promotional pass will pass through to the full Companion Pass. That is: If you change your companion once on the promotional pass, it means you will only be able to change your designated flyer two more times in 2021.

Southwest Continues Middle-Seat Blocking Through Nov. 2020

The move is the latest to encourage flyers to once again book airfare with the Dallas-based carrier. Earlier in the month, Southwest announced they would keep middle seats open through Nov. 30, 2020, along with mandating face mask usage onboard the aircraft and throughout the airport.

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  1. edgewood49

    September 26, 2020 at 6:22 am

    There are a lot of “too good to be true” ideals out there now hotels/airlines attempting to get as much “cheap” money as possible all of which I am very suspect. Having said that an offer like this from SWA is mentionable. If I was a constant SWA flyer these days I would buy into this one.

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